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Can Boric Acid Be Used to Kill Bedbugs?

Bed bugs are no joke. We know that if you have them, you want them dead ASAP. If you are suffering a bed bug problem in your home right now, you are in the right place to get the information you need about killing bed bugs.

Before we give you a list of things that kill bed bugs instantly, we must give you the caveat. Many chemical agents that kill bed bugs instantly or on contact, if applied incorrectly or without a bigger plan to locate and control the whole infestation, could create a bigger problem. Bed bugs are some of the most excellent survivors on this planet, and if they sense a chemical or other agent is being used nearby that is dangerous for them, other bed bugs in the area will attempt to get away and hide even deeper in your home. A professional bed bug treatment plan is your safest bet to get rid of the quickly.

Without further ado, here’s our list – although not comprehensive – of solutions and substances that will kill a single bed bug instantly. Keep in mind that any chemical or liquid substances shown here would need directly applied to all living bed bugs to kill them; also, many do not kill bed bug eggs on contact, as eggs are stronger than live bugs.

#1: And being number one cannot be overstated – HEAT. If a room where a bed bug infestation is located is heated up to 130 degrees Fahrenheit, bed bugs in that room – in the flooring, bedding, furniture, etc. will die. Learn more about heat treatment and why it works.

#2: Diatomaceous Earth

#3: Rubbing alcohol.

#4: Hydrogen peroxide.

#5: Strong cleaning chemicals, such as Lysol.

#6: Clorox.

#7: Insecticides such as Ortho Home Defense or Harris Bed Bug Killer which use Bifentherin, Beta Cyfluthrin, Deltamethrin, or similar active ingredient. It may take some time to kill bed bugs with neurotoxin-type chemicals, however; they do not necessarily kill a bed bug immediately upon contact. You can learn more about these chemical agents for bed bug use at the EPA website.

#8: Steam.

#9: Liquid Nitrogen, such as Eco-Freeze. This works because of the same reason heat kills bed bugs – they can only survive within a certain temperature range, and getting a bed bug cold enough can kill it. Unless you can eco-freeze an entire room, which is currently not a feasible solution in the way heat treatment is, liquid nitrogen will only kill the bed bug it is being applied to.

Get more information about killing bed bugs with chemicals by reading our blog.

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17:06 12 May 20
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11:58 01 Feb 20
We operate a small group home. We were told by the day program that one... of our residents had bed bugs on his clothes. I called Presidio. I had never used them before. Scott answered and I explained the situation. He told me the procedure for first inspecting the whole home, then the options available if we did find an infestation. He left immediately, and was at our home within an hour. He did a thorough and complete inspection of our entire home, and found no evidence of bed bugs. He gave us professional advice to be vigilant in watching for a possible new infestation. He charged us nothing for this inspection. I highly recommend this company. VERY customer friendly, very responsive and very honest.read more
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21:34 20 Jan 20
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00:55 15 Jan 20
My parents moved out along with the cats and the vacant house had so many... fleas! The owner is amazing. This company is trustworthy with quality service.read more
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00:07 15 Jan 20
Absolutely the most professional company I have ever dealt with! From the... first phone call I was at ease during a stressful and trying experience. Numerous companies tried to play on my emotions for their monetary gain. I was ill at ease with all of them. I tried one more phone call and it was to Presidio. Bobby the owner and I had an instant connection and I knew this company was the right fit. Matt came for the initial inspection and the day of the extermination, the owner Bobby was also at my door to introduce himself in person. I was impressed with his personalized service and his professionalism, along with Jay who was in charge of exterminating my home that day. They worked diligently from start to finish and when they left, everything was put back neatly in its place. They were thorough and also helped us out financially. If I could rate them 10 stars I would. Call this company first and foremost. Customer service is their number 1 priority. I can't thank you enough!!!!read more
Kelly Wallace
Kelly Wallace
15:42 27 Nov 19
I absolutely recommend Presidio. I can't speak highly enough about their... level of service and how they set themselves apart with their professionalism, no nonsense approach with the added element of friendliness and treating customers like family. Not to mention they get the job done and done well. Great to see a company's main goal being a happy customer and a job well done.read more
Heather Howell
Heather Howell
19:16 04 Nov 19
Very responsive and professional! I appreciate the quality of work.
Colleen Wolfbauer
Colleen Wolfbauer
01:49 28 Sep 19
Bob came out very quickly to address the wasp issue we were having. He was... professional, informative, gave us a great price, and best of all: GOT RID OF THOSE LITTLE BUGGERS!read more
Kelly Wallace
Kelly Wallace
03:16 24 Aug 19
We have a house that a family lived in for a few years. They planned on... moving in July and during the course of a few months their grown son moved in prior to their move out. He brought in a mattress at some point that apparently had bed bugs. They moved out in July as planned and we called Presidio before we started a renovation which was at the end of July. We waited for a re-inspection before gutting and remodeling the house. “All good” found a bug 1-2 weeks later right in the process of new floors, carpet, paint, etc. so they came back and did some sort of other treatment. A few days later came back for another re-inspection “all good” today we found another. So here’s the thing; we paid $1,400 for a heat treatment that is supposed to be a guarantee. Why is it that we are still finding bugs after a $1,400 heat treatment and 3 additional visits? Mind you the treatment was at the end of July, it’s now the end of August. This should not still be an issue. I have never written a negative review but I am hoping to help someone else that may consider using this company and would suggest a different company that will actually back their claim because this is no joke and I’m literally disgusted. And if a heat treatment didn’t work I can only imagine what their other forms of treatments are like.read more
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14:21 22 Aug 19
Presidio did an amazing job for us! Extremely knowledgeable, friendly,... punctual, & professional. We couldn't be happier with the service!read more
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renee frangedakis
19:15 20 Aug 19
Absolutely the most professional company I have ever dealt with! From the... first phone call I was at ease during a stressful and trying experience. Numerous companies tried to play on my emotions for their monetary gain. I was ill at ease with all of them. I tried one more phone call and it was to Presidio. Bobby the owner and I had an instant connection and I knew this company was the right fit. Matt came for the initial inspection and the day of the extermination, the owner Bobby was also at my door to introduce himself in person. I was impressed with his personalized service and his professionalism, along with Jay who was in charge of exterminating my home that day. They worked diligently from start to finish and when they left, everything was put back neatly in its place. They were thorough and also helped us out financially. If I could rate them 10 stars I would. Call this company first and foremost. Customer service is their number 1 priority. I can't thank you enough!!!!read more
Heidi Keesling
Heidi Keesling
23:06 16 Aug 19
My parents moved out along with the cats and the vacant house had so many... fleas! The owner is amazing. This company is trustworthy with quality service.read more
Cheryl King
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21:27 23 Jul 19
We were very happy with Presidio Pest Management's handling of our... hornet's nest. They came out the same day we called and returned a few days later when the issue wasn't completely resolved. They were very professional.read more
Carol Compagnoni
Carol Compagnoni
11:38 21 Jul 19
I have used Presidio for my home and rental property for many years.... Excellent service completed by the technicians; timely and friendly. Highly recommend Presidio Pest Control.read more
Maria Gilezan
Maria Gilezan
14:17 24 Jun 19
Scott, and Bob are so GREAT, efficient, EXCELLENT JOB, THEY ARE THERE IN... HOURS, AFTER FIST CALL. I'M VERY SATISFIED ..5 STARS ALL THE WAY . THERE GREAT, CALL THEM PLEASE. THANK YOU SO MUCH..read more
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16:14 14 Jun 19
I am honestly so impressed with this company. I really can’t say that... for many places anymore. I called the company with a matter that I was panicked about and they were able to assist me very quickly the same day. Scott came to the rescue and his service was amazing. He was a great guy who answered all my questions and did such a thorough job. I will be recommending this company to all my friends and family. Def will be scheduling my annual house sprays with them. Thank you!!!read more
Tamara Kramer
Tamara Kramer
15:12 08 Jun 19
Scott was very friendly and knowledgeable. Took care of business. A... super nice guy. We'll see how the treatment for ants works.read more
Amy Keogh
Amy Keogh
22:12 23 May 19
The owner and all of the employees who visited our home were very... professional, courteous, and fast! High praises for the hard work they do. Thanks!read more
Mel Hawl
Mel Hawl
22:54 26 Apr 19
Fast service, fair pricing, great communication. Our service was done by... Jay. He was great, explained the process clearly and answered all our questions. He was polite and funny. He was good with the kids, made us feel very comfortable and didnt make us feel ashamed at all. I am extremely satisfied with this service.read more
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Allie Dennis
15:39 23 Apr 19
Great service! Kind, professional, and trustworthy. We got our house... sprayed for spiders and ants in the Fall and plan to use them again as Spring rolls around!read more
Larry Binion
Larry Binion
18:43 15 Apr 19
Bobby is Impeccably Excellent! Matt is the Man also! What would I do... without Presidio. They are so good they should make a video! With these Guys I would have no hope! To be honest their service is DOPE!. In pest control they are best! Hire them and put your worries to rest! Excellent eradication and great service. Presidio makes sure that I never worry or get nervous. Matt's visit was so good that there came a twist. There was a critter caught in a sticky trap that I thought in my place didn't exist. Well, they are the best at what they do! I am not bragging, it is 100% TRUE!read more
Larry Binion
Larry Binion
18:43 15 Apr 19
Bobby is Impeccably Excellent! Matt is the Man also! What would I do... without Presidio. They are so good they should make a video! With these Guys I would have no hope! To be honest their service is DOPE!. In pest control they are best! Hire them and put your worries to rest!read more
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N A
13:41 25 Mar 19
Presidio is scheduled to provide service at our home. Thus far Bob has... made himself readily available to answer our questions and address our concerns, even after business hours. We genuinely appreciate that. I feel confident that we've chosen a company that will get it right. Looking forward to their visit to our home.read more
Julie Widiker
Julie Widiker
19:39 01 Feb 19
This company is thorough with the complete process. Start to finish. The... owner and the employees are incredible! Compassionate, understanding and very knowledgeable. Any questions I have had are answered promptly and efficiently. Our exterminator professional Matt has been courteous, prompt as well as knowledgeable. I highly recommend Presidio!read more
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Sara DeNardo
20:17 14 Jan 19
I cannot express how great it is to work with Presidio. They are reliable.... thorough and fast to respond to any and all appointment requests. In the mortgage industry you find yourself against many deadlines, and we have yet to worry about an order we have with Presidio. In fact, they over exceed any expectations I have on what a reasonable turn around time is. I would recommend them over any Pest Management company in the tri-county area! You will not be disappointed.read more
Laura Gush
Laura Gush
10:44 09 Jan 19
Pest control for bedbugs for apartment complex. Have been dealing with... bedbugs for about 7/8 months now. Initially heat and chemically "treated" did a few follow up appts and never showed up for the last couple that they said they would. Fewer bedbugs and the duration that they'd be seen after went from upwards of 10 every day down to 1 or 2 bedbugs every 2 weeks to a month (just thought maybe they were single straddlers". Anyway, bedbugs started coming more frequently again and in increasing numbers again, so apt management was notified and Pest control guy came, had an attitude (not to mention, this particular employee seemed always to have an attitude any time he did actually come to do his job) about "why" he was just now hearing about them again after 6 months. And I told him, well, they weren't coming so frequently anymore until now, plus you never showed up for the last couple "follow ups" he looked around and asked "where are you seeing them?" I said, what does that matter, we are seeing them and they need to be treated. Well, he didn't treat anything that day and was "supposed to" come back a couple days later and never showed. So now I have to continuously go to apartment management who are only here 3 days per week for a total of 12 hours (4 hrs each day). Another week passes and apartment management said that "Pest control had come" I said, no they absolutely did not. If they did, they didn't come to my apartment. They also claim the initial heat/chemical treatment doesn't kill the bedbug eggs. That doesn't seem right either. I bet if they had to live with bedbugs they'd treat theirs real quick.... Update: they came and were completely professional. Fabulous the last times to treat the bed bugs. Just a shame it couldn't have been treated the first time. Thank you!read more
Anthony Grochowski
Anthony Grochowski
00:37 04 Nov 18
We have been using Presidio for a few years now. From one house to... another, 20 miles apart. We switched from using a big brand-name company and couldn't be happier with the results. They are professional, personable and thorough! They speak to us in layman's terms and help us to understand what it is they're doing to help. They give options and let us know exactly what we are getting, no surprises. We have three children and animals and are completely comfortable with the products they use. They've proven to be effective, time after time.read more
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